Open Positions in Prof. Qi Zhu's Group in EECS@Northwestern

We have multiple positions available for Ph.D. students and postdocs in our Design Automation of Intelligent Systems (IDEAS) Lab.

Our research focuses on design automation methodologies, algorithms and software tools for creating intelligent cyber-physical systems and Internet-of-Things applications, e.g., autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, vehicular networks, industrial automation systems, smart buildings, wearable devices, and robots. Some of our current projects include software synthesis for safety-critical cyber-physical systems (e.g., vehicles and robots), cyber-physical security (e.g., for vehicular network applications), energy-efficient smart buildings and infrastructures, and adaptive and extensible intelligent systems (e.g., UAVs for search and rescue). We are also actively exploring new directions, and you could be driving such exploration.

Northwestern University is a private university based in Evanston, Illinois. It is well known for both its graduate and undergraduate programs. According to US News, Northwestern ranks #24 in Best Global Universities. Its undergraduate program ranks #11 in National Universities. Its graduate program ranks #19 in Best Engineering Schools, #24 in Computer Engineering, #26 in Electrical Engineering, and #34 in Computer Science. Northwestern is also known for its highly-ranked business school (Kellogg), law school (Pritzker), journalism school (Medill), medical school (Feinberg), and music school (Bienen). You will have ample opportunities to expand your vision, and grow not only as a scholar and engineer but as an all-around person. You are also encouraged to use 20% of your time to explore new interdisciplinary research directions that may leverage the world-class expertise Northwestern provides in various fields.

Evanston locates just to the north of Chicago and along the shores of Lake Michigan. It is safe, convenient, beautiful and fun. You will be provided with full and generous financial support, and many opportunities to collaborate with our partners in academia and industry.  

Prof. Qi Zhu is a tenured Associate Professor in EECS@Northwestern from January 2018. He was an Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor in ECE@UC Riverside from 2011 to 2017, and a Research Scientist at Intel from 2008 to 2011. He received a Ph.D. in EECS@UC Berkeley in 2008, and a B.E. in CS@Tsinghua in 2003. He received best paper awards at DAC 2006, DAC 2007, ICCPS 2013 and ACM TODAES 2016, NSF CAREER award, and IEEE TCCPS Early-Career Award.

For more details, please refer to Prof. Qi Zhu's personal page and the page for IDEAS lab (more update coming soon):

If you are interested, please submit your application by the deadline: December 15, 2017. You are also welcome to contact Prof. Zhu (, with your CV (including GPA and ranking) and transcript. If you have had significant research experience (not a must for undergraduate applicants), please include a publication list and 1-3 representative papers. You are expected to have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: computer science/engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics.